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Dear Carol: I dread Christmas. My husband died last summer and this is my first Christmas without him. He'd been sick with cancer and then Alzheimer's, and part of me is happy that he was finally able to let go. Other times, I'd give anything for him to be here, which is actually selfish considering his obvious misery. I have wonderful children and friends and I have a church family where I feel I belong. Still, I sometimes feel angry that my husband left me alone. It's a confusing holiday season for me. Why can't I remain grateful that my husband isn't suffering? -Grace

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